The senate has approved a bill that prohibits young children from riding motorcycles in an effort to lessen the number of children injured or killed due to road crashes.
Senate Bill 2488, or the “Prohibition on Children Riding Motorcycles Act of 2015”, will ban small children who cannot comfortably reach the standard foot peg of a motorcycle from riding the two-wheeled vehicle.
The bills aims to protect children who “are exposed to danger, particularly if they cannot reach the foot stool or embrace the adult fully for balance,” said Acting Minority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, author and sponsor of the bill.
“Because of their tender age, especially infants, children’s reflexes are different from adults and they may not be able to react rightly to some situations which can cause them to fall and suffer injury or even result in death,” he added.
The bill, however, has exceptions: it does not apply to remote places or provinces where there is no considerable vehicular traffic and where motorcycles are the only means of transportation, and in emergency cases, such as going to the Emergency Room.
First time offenders will be fined P5,000; P10,000 for second time offenders and P20,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said the bill reinforces the government’s efforts to decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by road crashes. He continued by citing the 2003 Philippine National Injury survey, saying that road crashes are the second leading cause of death among Filipino children.
“Globally, around 186,300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually,” reported the World Health Organization in this year’s Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week which ran from May 4-10. In low- and middle-income countries, the rates rise to three times as high than in high-income countries, it added.
Sources: May 12, 2015. "Senate OKs motorcycle ban for kids on final reading". rappler.com May 12, 2015. "Senate OKs bill banning children from riding motorcycles". gmanetwork.com